Riz Ahmed, a British-Pakistani actor, is ready to work on a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet with Surge director Aneil Karia.
The Oscar-winning actor will perform in the title of Prince of Denmark, while Joe Alwyn of The Favorite will play Laertese.
The screenplay is written by Michael Lesslie, best known for his 2015 version of Macbeth.
The vengeful story is retold by Ahmed and Karia and presented by the WME Independent at the Cannes Film Festival.
Speaking about their upcoming project, Ahmed and Karia said, “It’s a Hamlet about race, well-being, and inequality that asks if setting up the right problems means setting the fireplace back.”
“Our Hamlet is an outsider in a wealthy British Indian family who begins to question the morale of his relatives and his common sense after meeting his father’s spirit,” they said.
The film, first announced in 2017, takes place in present-day London and will include Hindu temples, British higher society and the city’s metro system. After the assassination of his father, Ahmed claimed that according to Deadline, his Hamlet would publicly fight mental health concerns and social corruption.
Hamlet is Ahmed and Karie’s second collaboration. Earlier this year, The Long Goodbye earned an Oscar for Best Feature Short Film.
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